SPCO309-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Applied Exercise Physiology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course provides students with an opportunity to extend their knowledge in the field of exercise physiology as it applies to health and sports performance settings. This includes examining ergogenic aids, the benefits of physical activity, and the effects of different environments on the acute and chronic response to exercise. The assessment will require the development of a novel sport science test; students will bring their existing knowledge of a sport to devise a unique sport-specific assessment tool and examine its validity and reliability.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Critically analyse a range of fitness assessment tools available to exercise physiologists.
2. Develop novel, valid and reliable, sport-specific assessment tools for a range of sports
3. Describe trends in participation in physical activity and the links between physical activity and health
4. Analyse and evaluate ergogenic aids for enhancing sports performance and supporting athlete training.
5. Critically evaluate the effects of different environments and contexts on physiological functioning


1) SPCO209 or 2) SPCO206



Equivalent Courses


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (15/7, 29/7-19/8, 9/9-14/10)
Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab (22/7)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00 Warehouse 140 Sport Science Laboratory (16/7, 30/7-20/8, 10/9-15/10)
James Logie 214-Mac Computer Lab (23/7)
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Nick Draper


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Ethics Application 16 Aug 2024 10% Complete an ethics application for the project you choose for the sport-specific physiological test study. This will be due by 5pm.
In class assessment 18 Oct 2024 30% Attendance at, and active involvement in, all sessions is expected for this class. Assignments will be set each week to assess this course component. Requirements will involve a variety of assigned activities to support learning for the class. This will be due by 5pm.
Sport-specific physiological test study 14 Oct 2024 60% Design and develop a unique exercise physiology based performance assessment tool for a sport or population of your choice. Assess the validity and reliability of the measure, present your findings a poster format - A0 or A1 size. Presented in-class, submit by 10am.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $978.00

International fee $4,988.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All SPCO309 Occurrences

  • SPCO309-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • SPCO309-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)